Bronx Paradise Theater Movie Palace - Fordham Road and Grand Concourse   2006-06-26


On Grand Concourse near Fordham Road was one of the grand Loew's depression-era 'movie palaces' from 1929, that managed to survive and was recently renovated as a performing arts theater.    Originally built with an organ, it was designed for silent films.


Apparently it survived but was quite run down when it was a multiplex into the 1990's and was closed about 10 years ago.    In the past 6 years a project to renovate the theater started and stopped several times but was finally completed a few months ago.    I went on a tour of this facility given by a non-profit theater history group on Saturday.


Note the Lalique glass in the chandelier and the Tiffany glass for the exit signs among other things.    The blue ceiling is reminiscent of a 'cloud machine' that   these types of theaters had (which I discussed in my Loew's Jersey City email), where a projector could project images of clouds and stars on the ceiling to give the illusion of being under the night sky.











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